The latest racing news on the edge reveals a race against time as 4 teams fight for a place in the 2024/25 season
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The latest racing news on the edge reveals a race against time as 4 teams fight for a place in the 2024/25 season

The latest racing news on the edge reveals a race against time as 4 teams fight for a place in the 2024/25 season

The latest racing news on the edge reveals a race against time as 4 teams fight for a place in the 2024/25 season

by SailGP Jul 8 18:15 UTC

Racing on the Edge Season 4 Episode 10 © SailGP

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This weekend’s SailGP Season 4 Grand Final is set to be the final event for a single national team. Could the title-chasing New Zealanders’ place in the league be in jeopardy?

The latest episode of SailGP’s documentary series Racing on the Edge, produced in partnership with Rolex, takes a behind-the-scenes look at the mounting tension and uncertainty in the world’s racing championship, as time runs out for four teams to secure a starting spot next season.

In this episode, SailGP CEO Russell Coutts reveals that the league’s owned teams, Canada, France and Spain, have been given official notice that one of them will be removed from the league if it fails to secure third-party ownership or full commercial support by the start of the 2024/25 season in November.

Coutts said: “There is one team that will have to leave the league. Canada, France and Spain have been notified at the moment.”

The first of the new teams and owners were confirmed in New York – with a press conference announcement celebrating the acquisition of the league’s first South American team, Mubadala Brazil SailGP Team. While the episode reveals promising commercial track records for Spain, Canada and France, Coutts drops another bombshell: “What if they (Canada, France and Spain) find their financing? Well, that leaves one team to drop – New Zealand.”

The revelation increases the pressure on the Black Foils ahead of this weekend’s grand final in San Francisco – with national pride, personal glory, $2 million in prize money and now, the team’s future, all on the line. Top of the season and the only team with a confirmed place in the race for the grand final, fans are also asking themselves: “Would the league really abandon New Zealand?”

Elsewhere, Racing on the Edge provides an up-close look at Team Canada SailGP and driver Phil Robertson. Following Canada through their first home event in Halifax, viewers get a chance to see Robertson and the team’s antics on and off the water.

Robertson, who has ridden for three national teams including China (Season 1), Spain (Season 2) and now Canada, makes his own case for the team’s viability next season while also questioning the chances of his competitors.

“I’m very optimistic about what’s going on commercially. There are some good things happening and this team definitely needs to stay in this league,” Robertson said.

“Everybody likes to talk about it, but in reality I don’t think many of these teams have many advantages. We have a fish on the hook, and yes, it’s true.”


The most exciting racing on the water, SailGP returns for the final stop on the league’s record-breaking 13-event calendar, the SailGP Season 4 Grand Final, this weekend in San Francisco. The five remaining fleet races will decide who will earn a place alongside Peter Burling’s Black Foils in the winner-take-all Grand Final.

Fans can watch all the action starting at 2:30 p.m. PDT on Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14. Racing will begin at 5:30 p.m. ET on USon CBSSN. Find out where and how to watch around the world at SailGP.com/Watch.

A limited number of tickets are available at SailGP.com/SanFrancisco.

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